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Looking for a weekend vacation that will get you outside and away from the crowds? How about a little R&R glamping in the Catskills of New York? Our family has totally fallen for glamping over the past few years because it embraces so many of the awesome aspects of camping without the hassle of bringing and setting up tons of gear. So why go glamping in the Catskills? Good question!
I’m not exactly sure why, but there seems to be a higher concentration of glamping properties in the Catskills than anywhere I’ve ever been. Maybe it’s because there are so many city folk within driving distance of the Catskill Mountains that are aching for outdoor recreation. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if glamping was invented in the Catskills!
Whatever the reason, we are very fortunate to live within a day’s drive of the Catskill Mountains, and we’re excited that there are so many gorgeous glamping properties available for us to choose from!
Where are the Catskills?
The Catskill Region encompasses more than 700,000 acres of public and private land in Sullivan, Delaware, Greene, and Ulster Counties. The Catskill Park is a massive state park within the Catskill Region that encompasses 286,000 acres of protected land. Catskill Park and the surrounding mountains include endless opportunities for hiking, paddling, swimming, fly-fishing, skiing, and wildlife viewing. Scenic roads wind through the mountains, passing through unique villages, and past scenic vistas, waterfalls, and historic attractions.
The Catskills are just a two-hour drive from New York City, and three hours from Boston and Philadelphia, making it a perfect spot for a weekend getaway.
What is Glamping?
Glamping encompasses all the most awesome things about camping, with some added “glamorous” perks. Glamping is like a rustic vacation rental or a really upscale camping trip. You usually have a shelter and a bed, but other amenities will depend on the location. Maybe you’ll have a full kitchen, bathroom, and wi-fi. Maybe you’ll get an outdoor shower and a composting toilet.
One constant with glamping is that it embraces nature and the outdoors, so you can do all the fun activities you love and then come home to the comforts of your awesome glamping space. We still love tent camping, but we’ve been hit hard by the glamping bug. There are just so many cool properties out there!
Why Glamping in the Catskills is Awesome
The Catskill Mountains have long been considered a retreat for New York City residents, who have been vacationing and recreating in these gorgeous mountains since the early 19th Century. America’s first grand resort hotel, The Catskill Mountain House opened in 1824, and before long, millions of city residents were hopping on trains and heading north to drink in the crisp mountain air, swim in the lakes, and relax by the hotel pools.
While the era of grand resorts began to wane in the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains continue to be a draw for outdoor lovers of all persuasions. Glamping opportunities in the Catskills include cabins, tiny homes, treehouses, yurts, tents, and even a train caboose. Glamping allows you to have an immersive outdoor experience in the Catskill Mountains without having to pack up all your gear. When glamping, you can simply pack a suitcase and head to the woods.
When is the Best Time to go Glamping in the Catskills
The best time to planning a glamping trip in the Catskills depends entirely on what you’re hoping to do when you get there. Summer is obviously prime time for hiking, swimming, and paddling, but a fall foliage glamping trip is a magical experience too!
If you are a winter-sport enthusiast, you will find a number of glamping retreats that provide wood heat and a cozy atmosphere. Finally, if you want to escape the seasonal crowds, and maybe wet a line in the famous trout streams of the Catskill Mountains, you can’t beat a late spring getaway. The Catskills are truly a four-season destination!
Amazing Glamping in New York’s Catskill Mountains
There are seriously hundreds of great glamping properties in the Catskills! This means that choosing where to go is the hardest part of planning your vacation. If you aren’t prepared to scour the internet for hours before planning your trip, why not choose one of these incredible glamping properties?
No matter what you’re looking for in a glamping vacation, there’s an awesome Catskill retreat with your name on it! The following unique Catskill Mountain glamping properties are all available to rent on Airbnb. New to Airbnb? Use our referral code for up to $65 off your first stay!
Tiny House in Roxbury, New York: Catskills Birdhouse
This fantastic glamping property in Roxbury was designed and built by artists, Mina Teslaru & Rich Tazzara, and is the newest addition to Bellfire Farm. The Catskills Birdhouse is perfect for couples and features 11-foot tall windows with stunning field and forest views, a 6-foot skylight over the bed, solar lights, and fresh drinking water. Basic kitchen amenities are included.
The Catskills Birdhouse overlooks a beautiful wildflower meadow that is perfect for stargazing, meandering, or just relaxing. Outdoor spaces include a beautiful outhouse, shower with a view, a fire-pit, and an outdoor seating area.
A visit to this part of the Catskills wouldn’t be complete without a bike ride on the Catskill Scenic Trail, a train ride on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, or a stop in the Hobart Book Village — a tiny village with a large number of bookstores!
Bellfire Farm has been hosting travelers since 2015. In addition to the Catskills Birdhouse, visitors can also rent a room in the main farmhouse, or book a night in the Bellfire Tipi.
The Willow Treehouse in Willow, New York
Located just 15 minutes from Woodstock, the Willow Treehouse is nestled among the trees near the shore of a small, swimmable pond on 34 wooded acres. With room for two guests, this cozy glamping retreat is perfect for couples or solo travelers. A huge window overlooks the pond and a woodstove is centrally located within the treehouse for chilly evenings. The kitchenette includes a cooktop, oven, sink, and small refrigerator. Swoon-worthy outdoor spaces include a wood-fired hot tub and a deck with a grill and dining area.
Visitors to the Willow Treehouse will definitely want to check out the Catskills Visitor Center, which has some beautiful, easy hiking trails with nice views. If you are looking for a more challenging trail, be sure to hike to the Tremper Fire Tower from Jessup Road. The Esopus Creek, just to the west of Willow, is known far and wide as a prime trout fishing river, so don’t forget your pole and waders.
Glass House in Marlboro, New York
This tiny camping cabin in the Catskills is located on 30 acres just 90 minutes from New York City. Glass walls open up to endless views of the surrounding vineyards and orchards, and modern comforts include air conditioning, wi-fi, and a modern kitchen. With just 180 feet of living space, this incredible tiny house is big on comfort and features a small kitchen, wi-fi, a queen-size bed, a dry-flush toilet, and even a shower. The Glass House has been featured in the New York Times, the Today Show, and Upstate House Magazine.
Marlboro, New York is wine country, and no visit would be complete without doing a few tastings and tours. We recommend Benmarl Winery, which is considered the oldest vineyard in America. Estate-grown Baco Noir and Cabernet Franc are incredible, as is the 37-acre vineyard. Follow the Marlboro Farm Trail to visit more wineries, as well as farms, orchards, and markets in the area.
Container Cabin in Saugerties, New York
You may have heard of the shipping container craze a few years back when people began buying them up and turning them into unique tiny homes. Well, one of those shipping containers found a home in Saugerties, New York, and has been converted into a beautiful woodland retreat for your Catskills glamping pleasure.
The Container Cabin in the Catskills is unlike anything you’ve ever stayed in. It’s a lot like camping, except you have the comfort of four walls and a cozy woodstove to keep you warm. Amenities include a queen-size sofa bed, a propane stove with pots and pans, and an outdoor shower. There is enough electricity to charge your phones, a working record player, a hammock to relax in, and a nearby waterfall that will lull you to sleep at night.
Private Yurt in Accord, New York
This family-friendly yurt in the Catskills provides glamping accommodations that are both fun and private. Head to this secluded five-acre wooded parcel in Accord, and treat yourself to a magical stay that includes soaks in a wood-fired hot tub, relaxing in a hammock, and bouncing on the trampoline. The loft is spacious enough for 4 kids, and there is a queen-size bed downstairs with a privacy curtain. An indoor bathroom includes a composting toilet and a claw-foot tub with hot and cold running water.
Outdoors, you have access to a huge deck, an outdoor kitchen, and an awesome swimming hole just 50 yards away. This is the perfect getaway for families and even your furry friend!
For even more outdoor adventures near Accord, head to Minnewaska State Park, where you’ll find miles of hiking trails, great rock climbing, and beautiful waterfalls.
Airstream in Boiceville, New York
Have you always wanted to stay in an Airstream? Well, now is your chance! This gorgeous little camper is located next to a 2-acre meadow and stream in Boiceville, and it’s been outfitted with all the comforts of home. Amenities include a cozy double bed, a full kitchen and bathroom, plus lots of outdoor space to relax and rejuvenate. A hammock, picnic table, and grill are available for your use, as well as a screened-in outdoor dining area.
Boiceville is located near the beautiful Ashokan Reservoir and the Ashokan Rail Trail, which runs 11.5 miles from Boiceville to West Hurly. For amazing artisan bread, be sure to stop into the original Bread Alone Bakery in downtown Boiceville.
1922 Restored Caboose in Windham, New York
A downtown glamping retreat like no other, this cozy restored caboose is within walking distance to Windham restaurants, shops, and bars. It’s a perfect couples retreat and includes a queen-size bed, TV, wi-fi, a small kitchenette, and even a bathroom with a shower. An outdoor deck is perfect to relax on after a busy day exploring. What a unique Catskills glamping experience!
Windham is best known as the home of Windham Mountain, a premier Catskill Mountain Ski Resort. When visiting in the summer and fall, you can hike Windham High Peak via several different trails of varying levels of difficulty. After a climb of around 1,500 feet, you’ll be treated to expansive views of the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains. Such a great hike!
Glamping Tent in Bearsville, New York
Want to go glamping in absolute privacy? This Tentrr glamping tent is located on the edge of thousands of acres of a state forest preserve in Bearsville, New York. You’ll be smitten with the mountain views from your canvas glamping tent, not to mention the nearby stream that is perfect for both fishing and swimming. In addition to a queen-size bed, you will also find a deck with two Adirondack chairs to relax in, an outdoor dining area, and a woodstove inside the tent for chilly evenings.
Bearsville is just a 10-minute drive to Woodstock, where you can shop at some of the most unique stores you’ll find anywhere. There are some great restaurants too! If you’re in Woodstock for lunch, definitely check out the Garden Cafe if you’re into vegetarian eats.
Geodesic Dome in Woodbridge, New York
We’ve stayed in a few geodesic domes since we became hard-core glampers, and this one is absolutely stunning — a spacious geo dome at the Outlier Inn in Woodbridge, New York, just 90 minutes from New York City. The space includes a full-size bed, as well as an outdoor shower, clawfoot tub, outdoor kitchen, and a large fire pit.
The Outlier Inn is a retreat center, an event/workshop/location space, a fiber and vegetable farm, and a world-class recording studio. There are many animals on the farm, including merino sheep, angora goats, alpacas, chickens, and oberhasli dairy goats. Spend your time chilling with the animals, hiking the six miles of trails across the street, or just relaxing in your peaceful, wooded retreat.
Retro Camper in Saugerties, New York
Located on a wooded property between Saugerties and Woodstock, this vintage camper includes everything you need for a cozy escape from the bustle of city life. The space includes a queen-size bed, and indoor cooking and dining area, a small indoor bathroom, and even a smart TV. Outdoor spaces are very private, with a covered city and eating area, a charcoal grill, and access to the inground pool at the main house.
Take advantage of this fabulous location by exploring the towns of Woodstock and Saugerties, as well as numerous hikes and outdoor adventures. The Overlook Mountain trail is always a favorite for families, as you’ll hike pat the remnants of an old resort that is slowly crumbling back to the earth.
Want to find more unique camping and glamping properties in the Northeast? Check out these posts!
- 10 Incredible Yurts You Can Rent in New York
- Why Farm Camping in Vermont Should be Your Next Adventure
- The Best Spots to go Glamping in Massachusetts
- Glamping on the Saco River in Maine
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